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  • Missouri Teacher Tearfully Describes Bullying She Suffered for Opposing Common Core (Video)

    03/27/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 18 replies
    The Missouri Torch ^ | 3-27-2014 | Duane Lester
    When you think about bullying in public schools, it's generally in the context of a bigger kid picking on a smaller kid.  According to Susan Kimball, a kindergarten teacher of 20 years in the Sikeston Public School District, it's administrators and fellow teachers bullying and intimidating her, all because she opposes Common Core. At yesterday's Senate Education Committee hearing, Kimball testified she has suffered from bullying and intimidation since she began speaking out about the controversial standards. [caption id="attachment_25492" align="aligncenter" width="639"] "You have no idea what I have been through over the past six weeks because of my stand." -...
  • Union Derides Common Core

    03/26/2014 12:12:35 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 25, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When a Democratic president can’t count on full-throated support from the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teacher’s union, something may be very wrong with his education reforms. “At the 2013 NEA convention in Atlanta, union leadership promoted Common Core standards,” The Education Reporter reported. “Delegates introduced from the floor — but failed to pass — two measures that condemned Obama’s education policies outright and were critical of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; both measures called on Obama to fire Duncan.” “Teachers’ representatives expressed dissatisfaction with Common Core (CC) at the 2013 convention and they have continued to do so,...
  • Unions, Left-Leaning Groups Dominate List of Largest Political Donors

    03/24/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Democrats and many in the media routinely complain about money spent in politics, and they regularly lash out at conservatives and big business. Turns out, unions are the top spenders in politics. Twelve of the top 20 political donors from 1989 to 2014 have been unions, which overwhelmingly support Democratic causes, according to an analysis done by OpenSecrets.org's Center for Responsive Politics. Seven of the top 10 donors overall give almost exclusively to politicians or groups on the left. ActBlue, a political action committee that raises money for Democrats and progressive causes and features Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer...
  • Sowell: The Left Versus Minorities

    03/10/2014 1:03:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left's avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now — and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things. These schools have given thousands of low income minority children their only shot at a decent education, which often means their only shot at a decent life. Last year 82 percent of the students at a charter school called Success Academy passed city-wide mathematics...
  • Not Paying Union Dues, in Michigan

    03/07/2014 8:23:55 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 3.7.14 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Unions are finding sneaky ways to exact dues — but workers are fighting back. Two Michigan teachers will finally be allowed to end their union membership in the Michigan Education Association and will be refunded any dues they paid during this school year, according to a settlement agreement signed this week. William “Ray” Arthur, a teacher and wrestling coach at Petoskey Senior High School, and Miriam Chanski, a Coopersville kindergarten teacher, tried to quit the teachers’ union after Michigan adopted legislation to become the 24th right-to-work state in the U.S. Both Arthur and Chanski wrote letters informing the MEA that...
  • Is ADHD a mental health crisis, or a cultural one?

    02/25/2014 4:37:30 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    Maclean's ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | Kate Lunau
    Any visitor to North Carolina and California will know that the two states have their differences. The former is a typically “red state”; California is staunchly “blue.” Each has certain geographic, ethnic and cultural peculiarities, different demographic makeup, family income levels, and more. Yet perhaps the most surprising divide, one many wouldn’t expect, is that North Carolina appears to be a hotbed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD—especially when compared to California. A child who lived in North Carolina instead of California in 2007, according to U.S. academics Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler, was 2½ times more likely to...
  • I'm quitting my job. Thanks Obamacare! (CNN/Yahoo Propaganda)

    02/25/2014 12:44:57 PM PST · by nhwingut · 86 replies
    Yahoo/CNN ^ | 02/25/14 | Tami Luhby
    Now that Karen Willmus can get health insurance through Obamacare, she plans to quit teaching 9th grade English at the end of the school year. The 51-year-old found policies on the Colorado state exchange for about $300 a month. That's less than what she's paying now for employer-sponsored coverage and less than half what she paid on the individual market in 2007.
  • Unions to Spend $300 Million to Unseat Scott Walker, Other Governors

    02/22/2014 8:44:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 2-13-14 | Kyle Maichle
    HOUSTON, TX – The nation’s leading labor union will plan to spend $300 million in 2014 trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and four other Republican Governors. More: AFL-CIO to Target Walker, Other Governors People’s World reported that the AFL-CIO announced on Thursday morning during a press conference in Houston that they would spend money trying to unseat Governor Walker. Other Governors that the labor organization is targeting are John Kasich (R-Ohio), Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania), Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Rick Scott (R-Florida). The American Federation of Teachers backed the AFL-CIO’s plan. President Randi Weingarten said: “In many ways it...
  • NY college professor dies after snorting heroin

    02/20/2014 10:30:43 AM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    ap ^ | February 20, 2014
    APALACHIN, N.Y. — The State University of New York's Broome Community College ... Warren had served as chairman of the community college's Criminal Justice and Homeland Security program. He also was a former police officer and New York state-certified criminal investigator.
  • Heroin found in faculty restroom at Fallsburg elementary school

    02/19/2014 7:54:25 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    recordonline ^ | 02/18/2014 | Leonard Sparks
    7 elementary school staff hire lawyers Fallsburg police investigating the reported discovery of heroin and drug paraphernalia in a faculty bathroom at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School say the refusal by a group of teachers to cooperate is hampering their probe. No one has been charged, but six teachers and an aide were identified as having used the men's room before a school staff member reportedly found a heroin baggie on Feb. 11. Just before the winter break in December, heroin and needles were reportedly found in the same bathroom. Each of the seven faculty members initially agreed to give urine...
  • Fairfax schools finds seven felons among employees, including heroin smuggler

    01/27/2014 4:24:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/27/2014 | T. Rees Shapiro and Justin Jouvenal
    Fairfax County Public Schools has discovered the administration mistakenly hired seven employees who were convicted felons, including a high school teacher who was once part of an international drug ring. School officials uncovered the mistake during a comprehensive search of hiring records that began in 2012 after a Madison High School special education teacher inquired if her previous conviction for helping to smuggle heroin into the United States would stall her promotion. That teacher, Deilia Butler, had joined Fairfax schools in 2006. She had admitted truthfully that she was a convicted felon on her paper application. So did the other...
  • Campbell Brown: Unions Won’t Support Bill to Keep Sex Predators Out of Classrooms

    01/17/2014 8:34:23 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/17/14 | Campbell Brown
    Two of the most powerful unions in the country have voiced objections to a bill that would provide better background checks for teachers, Campbell Brown writes in a Thursday Wall Street Journal column. After the Government Accountability Office found “hundreds of potential cases of registered sex offenders working in schools” across the United States in 2010, the House passed a bill that would streamline the vetting process and close inconsistencies across state lines. The bill is a common sense measure, according to Campbell, yet powerful teachers unions are opposed to the new standards. Anyone with violent or sexual convictions against...
  • Biggest bullies in the public schools: the Education Establishment

    01/11/2014 7:39:45 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies
    Rightsidenews.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    We hear a lot about bullying as if it’s as common as cheering at a football game. But who is really the Big Bully in our public schools? Who is throwing their weight around all the time? More specifically, who is insisting on the use of bad methods that never seem to work better this year than 10 years ago? Who is making lame excuses for poor performance so that nothing seems to get better? Who fills the air with propaganda and sophistry so that no one can think clearly about the issues facing us? Consider Whole Word. Rudolf Flesch...
  • NEA employees must be paid for time in prison

    12/04/2013 9:50:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    EAG News ^ | 12/4/2013 | MIKE ANTONUCCI
    Though I have written about the fact often, it bears repeating that the National Education Association and its affiliates are employers. Between them they hire thousands of workers to perform a variety of tasks. Virtually all of these workers are covered by collective bargaining agreements in which the teachers’ union is management – bosses, to put it plainly. Union employees use the contract to set salaries, benefits, working conditions and protections against arbitrary actions by union executives.About 500 people work at NEA national headquarters in Washington, DC. A handful of unions represent them, the largest being the National Education Association...
  • Teacher Who Never Wanted Union Representation Still Forced To Be A Member

    11/11/2013 12:41:21 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/4/2013 | Tom Gantert
    When Matt Knapp was hired as a teacher in the Saginaw Public School district 11 years ago, he said he was given paperwork to sign to be a union member. "Oh, no," Knapp said he told the district employee. "I'd rather not be in the union." To his surprise, he was told it was a condition of employment. That changed last year when Michigan became a right-to-work state, which allows union members the freedom to choose whether they want to pay dues or fees to the union. When that happened, Knapp said he approached his union about how to opt...
  • "Why Teachers' Unions Want Sex Offenders In Your Child's Classroom"

    10/27/2013 12:38:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2013 | Kevin McCullough
    This past week the most prominent teachers' unions made it painfully obvious, they are on the side of the sex offender, rapist, and murderer who has been convicted. They are not now (and pretty much never have been) on the side of your child. They claim to represent the interests of teachers. Yet I am hard pressed to find an average teacher who feels like the unions have done pretty much anything for them. The average teacher just feels the pinch when the union bosses take the dues from their paychecks and threaten any who dare to "get out of...
  • The Two Types of Child Victimization at Government Schools

    10/27/2013 8:55:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    You would think the bureaucrats who run government schools would want to focus on the basics, such as teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. After all, no nation spends more per pupil on education than the United States. And based on some Cato Institute research, I suspect the OECD estimate of about $15,000 per student is a low-ball estimate of the burden on American taxpayers. So what do we get for all this money? To be blunt, the results are miserable, with Americans ranking well below average compared to our overseas competitors. Here are some comparisons on both literacy and numeracy...
  • Must-see Common Core math problems of the day [pics]

    10/04/2013 9:46:54 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 126 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/4/13
    “Number sense,” courtesy of Common Core? We don’t know the source of that math problem, but based on what we’ve seen elsewhere, it has all the hallmarks of Common Core math. Now try your hand at this third-grade math problem, also reportedly from a Common Core lesson: Common Core: It’s For the Children™.
  • Little Rock school district will now make teachers wear underwear

    09/07/2013 5:27:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 6, 2013
    The school district in Little Rock, Ark. has announced plans for a dress code that will require teachers to wear underwear. Every single day. Female teachers will have to wear bras, too. An Aug. 29 letter from the Little Rock School District’s Office of the Superintendent to all employees explains that the dress code will officially go into effect in the fall of 2014. “Foundational garments shall be worn and not visible with respect to color, style, and/or fabric,” the letter reads. “No see-through or sheer clothing shall be allowed, and no skin shall be visible between pants/trousers, skirts, and...
  • Teachers Union President Siphons $1 Million From Ohio Educators

    08/28/2013 5:11:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | August 26, 2013 | Jason Hart
    Outgoing Ohio Education Association (OEA) President Patricia Frost-Brooks was paid a total of $998,949 from 2008-2012, the first five years of her six-year tenure. Thanks to union contracts that existed long before many current teachers were hired, the vast majority of OEA’s revenue comes from more than $450 per year in dues deducted automatically from tens of thousands of Ohio teachers’ paychecks. Based on OEA’s annual report to the U.S. Department of Labor, the union collected over $58 million in dues and “fair share” fees in 2012. While Frost-Brooks has benefited the most from OEA’s generous officer and executive salaries...
  • Staggering: Mich. Family Violently Targeted After Standing Against Teacher Who Molested Their

    08/19/2013 3:22:49 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 75 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | august 19, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    The Janczewski family is fighting the local school district in Rose, Michigan after it emerged that a male teacher molested their 8th grade son and then — unbelievably — six other teachers spoke out against the 15-30 year sentence the man received. “Neal has plead (sic) guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator,” Harriet Coe reportedly wrote. “This was an isolated incident. He understands the severity of his action and is sincere in his desire to make amends…” John Janczewski, the father of the victim, spoke on the Glenn Beck radio program Monday about all...
  • The Janczewski’s – Their Son Raped For Years By ... President of The Michigan Teacher’s Union

    08/14/2013 6:16:28 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 80 replies
    Eagnews Blog via The Conservative Treehouse Blog ^ | August 14, 2013 | posted by blog member "sundance"
    This is a story that SCREAMS for attention. In Michigan a family has been, and continues to be, brutalized by a systemic rot within the school system. A rot that perpetrates, and unbelievably as it sounds, excuses CHILD RAPE – despite the community outrage. This just came onto our radar screen. However, a cursory review shows this storyline has a similar disposition to the Penn State, Sandusky scandal. The Janczewski’s son was brutally raped over a period exceeding three years (2006-2009) by his middle school math teacher, Neal Erickson. Years later, in 2012, an anonymous tipster alerted authorities to video...
  • L.A. Unified, 7 others get waivers from No Child Left Behind

    08/06/2013 5:16:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
    L.A. Unified and seven other California school districts on Tuesday won relief from some strict and costly provisions of federal education law. Besides Los Angeles, the school districts are Long Beach, Santa Ana, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Sanger.
  • Teachers tell protesting unions to shove their dues and rules

    08/05/2013 1:46:27 PM PDT · by usalady · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 4, 2013 | Martha
    The Wisconsin school teachers protests and attempts to recall Gov. Walker resulted in not only losing the battle but instead helped to further new laws across the US that allow teachers to drop union membership. Now the National Education Association (NEA) and other teacher unions are seeing a decline of those willing fill the coffers of these organization.
  • Revealed: The Massive New Liberal Plan to Remake American Politics

    07/14/2013 9:09:41 PM PDT · by Baynative · 67 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Wed Jan. 9, 2013 | Andy Kroll
    It was the kind of meeting that conspiratorial conservative bloggers dream about. A month after President Barack Obama won reelection, top brass from three dozen of the most powerful groups in liberal politics met at the headquarters of the National Education Association (NEA), a few blocks north of the White House. Brought together by the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Communication Workers of America (CWA), and the NAACP, the meeting was invite-only and off-the-record. Despite all the Democratic wins in November, a sense of outrage filled the room as labor officials, environmentalists, civil rights activists, immigration reformers, and a panoply of other...
  • Teachers Union May Sue Over ‘Constitutional Right’ to Wear Shorts to Work!

    07/24/2013 9:49:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/24/2013 | Kyle Olson
    Move over Trayvon Martin. Big Labor has a new favorite group of victims of social injustice - the teaching staff of Lewis County, West Virginia. Citizens have been complaining to school board members about the “way teachers dress,” according to school board president Paul Derico. As a result, the school board unanimously passed a dress code for teachers, banning blue jeans, faded jeans and shorts. Of course the teachers union is not taking this grave injustice lying down. Union officials have threatened to sue the board. "We're disappointed in the actions of the board. We don't believe it's in the...
  • Chicago - CPS to lay off 2,113 teachers, staff; CTU calls it ‘a bloodbath’

    07/21/2013 1:31:22 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 18, 2013 | MITCH DUDEK
    Chicago Public Schools officials announced late Thursday that 2,113 teachers and other employees would be laid off Friday, largely due to a giant pension obligation increase that’s straining the system. “In fiscal year ‘14 we’re facing a historic deficit of $1 billion that is driven primarily by a $400 million increase in our annual teacher pension payments,” said CPS spokesman Becky Carroll. “Absent pension reform in Springfield, we have very few options available to us to close that gap, and that has resulted in bringing this crisis to the doorsteps of our schools.” Of those being laid off, 1,077 are...
  • Missouri gov. signs gun-safety course for first-graders

    07/13/2013 1:02:04 PM PDT · by metmom · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 13,2013
    <p>EFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri schools will be encouraged to teach first-graders a gun safety course sponsored by the National Rifle Association as a result of legislation signed Friday by Gov. Jay Nixon.</p> <p>The new law stops short of requiring schools to teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program. But by putting it in state law, Missouri is providing one of the stronger state-sanctioned endorsements of the NRA-sponsored firearms safety course, which the group says is taught to about 1 million children annually.</p>
  • Will the Common Core Standards Help Our Troubled Economy?

    07/12/2013 12:17:40 PM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 17 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 7-12-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet)—Secretary of Education Arne Duncan defended his Common Core standards during an address at the annual convention of the American Society of News Editors at the end of June. He admonished his critics. Secretary Duncan noted ...
  • NEA Vice President: NRA, Second Amendment Supporters "Are Going to Hell"

    07/12/2013 4:41:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 71 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | June 28, 2013 | NA
    Speaking to all 3,000 of the assembled "progressive activists" at this year's Netroots Nation conference, National Education Association vice president Lily Eskelsen Garcia boldly declared a "prophecy" about the eternal destiny of NRA and Second Amendment supporters, and of politicians and lobbyists working to promote gun rights: "I'm not an ordained minister; I'm not a theologian, but these guys are going to hell." Wow. Going to hell for supporting the Second Amendment? That type of radical thinking might explain the very high incidence of ridiculous cases involving over-zealous school officials misinterpreting and wrongly enforcing "zero-tolerance" rules--and doing so without exercising...
  • NEA teachers dance to 'N'-word, sex lyrics ('When it's over you ain't gon need ya vibrator')

    07/10/2013 9:09:07 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    WND ^ | July 09, 2013 | Chelsea Schilling
    Educators boogie to 'When it's over you ain't gon need ya vibrator' (WARNING: This story includes a video and rap song lyrics of a sexually explicit nature and may offend some readers.) At its 2013 national convention in Atlanta last week, the National Education Association encouraged teachers to dance to a sexually explicit rap song that featured the “N”-word and declared, “When it’s over you ain’t gon need ya vibrator.” The NEA, a nationwide labor union that represents public school teachers, played the song titled, “Wobble,” by V.I.C. at its “Raise Your Hand” conference – which was publicized as an...
  • The black education tragedy (Trayvon friend's testimony represents dismal failure of public schools)

    07/09/2013 11:05:15 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 70 replies
    WND ^ | July 09, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see. Some of that evidence unfolded when Zimmerman’s defense attorney asked 19-year-old Jeantel to read a letter she allegedly had written to Trayvon Martin’s mother. She responded that she doesn’t read cursive, and that’s in addition to her poor grammar, syntax and communication skills. Jeantel is a senior at Miami Norland Senior High School. How in the world did she manage to become a 12th-grader without...
  • California teachers suing to end mandatory union dues

    07/01/2013 7:54:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    foxnews ^ | July 01, 2013/
    A group of California teachers is preparing for a Supreme Court battle to overturn forced union dues in a groundbreaking lawsuit filed in June. For nearly three decades, the Supreme Court has allowed closed-shop unionism, in which public employees must pay dues to labor groups handling collective bargaining negotiations. The Supreme Court established Beck Rights in 1988 allowing workers to opt out of union dues for political activities, while continuing to pay for union negotiating expenses. The teachers are hoping to take that battle one step further by putting an end to all coercive union dues.
  • America's Teachers Have A Choice, And This Includes Not Joining A Teachers' Union

    06/24/2013 1:11:30 PM PDT · by rhema · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/24/13 | Gary Beckner
    School’s out for summer, which leaves ample time during the day for students to relax—and for their teachers to recharge and reflect. It’s also an ideal time for them to decide whether union membership is right for them. Unfortunately, it’s also the only time for many of them to decide—the nation’s teachers’ unions, as well as many unions generally, have done a remarkable job of restricting their members’ knowledge of and ability to exercise their rights regarding union membership. For years, educators have joined teachers’ unions with the assumption that their money advances their profession. Unfortunately, the National Education Association...
  • Union Salary Schedule Ensures State 'Teacher of the Year' Earns Near Bottom In Pay

    06/17/2013 6:32:52 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/13/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Gary Abud is a commodity experts say is in great demand around the country. He's recognized as a highly effective science teacher and was named the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year in Michigan. However, the Grosse Pointe North High School Science teacher ranked 477th out of 595 teachers for salary in his own school district, according to data acquired in a Freedom of Information Act request. Abud made $56,876 in 2012-13, which is about $21,000 less a year than the district's average salary of $77,969 a year. The average teacher salary in Michigan in 2012 was $62,631, according to the...
  • 8th Grader Arrested Over NRA T-Shirt Argument Now Faces A Year in Jail

    06/15/2013 3:34:35 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 84 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 06/15/2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The West Virginia eight-grader arrested and suspended over his National Rifle Association T-shirt with an image of a firearm is now facing a $500 fine and a year in jail. A judge is allowing prosecutors to move forward with charging Jared Marcum, 14, with obstructing an officer, WOWK-TV reported.
  • Sebelius: Kids 'So Far Behind' by 3rd Grade 'May As Well Drop Out'

    06/13/2013 7:51:43 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 130 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/12/2013 | Penny Starr
    Children who don’t get a pre-kindergarten education, ideally from birth to age 5, might fall behind and “may as well drop out” by third grade, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday at an event to garner support for President Barack Obama's $75-billion proposal to increase pre-school enrollment across the country.
  • School asks kids to trade in toy guns for a bicycle (Principal & photographer's brainstorm)

    06/09/2013 4:04:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 7, 2013 | Robby Soave
    An elementary school in Hayward, Calif. will sponsor a toy gun trade-in, encouraging kids to swap their harmless toy weapons for a chance to win a new bicycle. The purpose of the trade-in is to stop children from playing with toy guns, which may make them more likely to commit violence with real guns, said Strobridge Elementary principal Chris Hill. “Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” Hill said in a statement to Mercury News. The trade-in will take place on...
  • Some School Districts and Unions Embrace Right-to-Work

    05/23/2013 7:50:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2013 | Tom Gantert
    While more than 100 school districts rushed to approve new contracts that impeded implementation of right-to-work before the March 27 deadline, at least two districts took a different approach. Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools and Hamilton Community School district embraced the concept of allowing its teachers a choice to join a union as a condition of their employment. Both districts approved new teachers’ union contracts before the right-to-work law took effect, but had specific language in their agreements that allowed teachers to opt out of their union. Hamilton Community Schools did it through a memo-of-understanding. "It was important to me and the...
  • VEA teacher's union says we ALL should vote in the June 11 VA Dem primary

    05/19/2013 7:59:26 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    From an email
    May 16, 2013 Dear : The VEA Fund for Children and Public Education Executive Committee (VEA Fund) and The VEA Fund Directors, your elected representatives from across Virginia, have offered recommendations for the June 11 Democratic primaries. The Democratic Party is choosing Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General candidates in an open primary on that day. Republican Candidates are being chosen by a convention this Saturday in Richmond. Regrettably, none of the Republican candidates chose to complete the candidate questionnaire required to gain a recommendation. In Virginia voters do not register by party, so our primaries are open. Any voter can...
  • Unions mobilize as labor board faces paralysis in Obama’s second term

    05/14/2013 1:34:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2013 | Kevin Bogardus
    Labor is mounting an all-out push to fill the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as the agency faces the prospect of being sidelined for the rest of President Obama’s second term. Unions of all stripes have told Senate Democrats that they need to move on all five of Obama's nominees to the labor board, even if it takes a controversial change to filibuster rules to make it happen. “Without this, there's nothing [to protect workers],” said Larry Cohen, the president of the Communications Workers of America. (CWA) “It's a floor and now the floor is caving in as well.” The...
  • Chalkboard Rebellion in the Golden State

    05/12/2013 6:28:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2013 | Neil McCabe
    Ten California teachers are suing to break one of the strongest iron triangles in American politics, where the taxpayers pay the teachers; the teachers’ union supports candidates and referenda, and that leads eventually to the teachers getting better pay, benefits and working conditions. A civil rights law firm filed a federal law suit April 30 on behalf of 10 California teachers and the Christian Educators Association International challenging the state’s closed shop law that has them contributing to support political activity they opposed. "Individual teachers have a constitutional right to decide for themselves whether to join a union and financially...
  • Can a Faithful Catholic Belong to a Union?

    05/02/2013 10:30:25 AM PDT · by willowsdale · 12 replies
    Few Democratic Party constituencies were quicker and more vociferous than the union brass in commending President Barack Obama’s announcement on May 9, 2012, endorsing state court decisions and statutes that change the traditional definition of marriage by formally instituting same-sex unions. The top bosses of the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the United Auto Workers (UAW), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and a host of other unions all issued statements clearly implying that all right-thinking people should agree with Mr. Obama’s...
  • The Saul Alinsky plot to vilify guns

    05/02/2013 7:16:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/2/2013 | Uncle Ted Nugent
    Like the brainwashing jihad running amok among government goons and most of America’s media, our social engineering indoctrination camps (formerly known as the public school system) clearly have it in for guns. This is not surprising since these camps are controlled by the National Education Association, which is the largest contributor to the bigger/more-control government-approved party (formerly known as the Democratic Party)
  • Students Asked to ‘Argue That Jews Are Evil’ and Prove Nazi Loyalty in Assignment Linked to Common

    04/12/2013 5:50:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/13/13 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Students in some Albany High School English classes were asked to participate in the unthinkable this week as part of a persuasive writing assignment. The objective? Prove why Jews are evil and convince the teacher of their loyalty to the Third Reich in five paragraphs or less. “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!” read the description on the assignment, which the school superintendent said reflects the kind of sophisticated writing expected of students under the new Common Core standards and was meant...
  • Indoctrination by Crossword

    04/11/2013 2:35:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Eighth-graders in Wisconsin’s Union Grove school district were assigned to fill out a “Liberalism vs. Conservatism” crossword puzzle, and they learned some new and very questionable “facts.” Students learned conservatism is “the political belief of preserving traditional moral values by restricting personal freedoms … ” Conversely, they learned liberalism is “the political belief of equality and personal freedom for everyone, often changing the current system to increase government protection of civil liberties.” See the photos here. The crossword puzzle was part of a civics assignment that was forwarded to EAGnews by Tamara Varebrook, a local conservative activist whose eighth-grade daughter...
  • Wis. 8th Grade Crossword Puzzle Definitions: Conservatism = ‘Restricting Personal Freedoms,’

    04/11/2013 1:39:53 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | april 11, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A mother at a Wisconsin public school said her daughter’s eighth grade class was assigned a worksheet with some eyebrow-raising definitions for “conservatism” and “liberalism.” Conservatism, it stated in part, believes in “preserving traditional moral values by restricting personal freedoms” while liberalism is for “equality and personal freedom for everyone.” “This is indoctrination,” Tamra Varebrook, a Republican activist in Racine, Wis., told TheBlaze on Thursday after her 13-year-old daughter showed her the crossword-style vocabulary sheet from Union Grove Elementary School earlier this week. Varebrook first talked about the assignment with the news arm of the conservative Education Action Group. Varebrook...
  • District's P.E. Teachers Average Tens of Thousands of Dollars More Than Math and Science Employees

    03/05/2013 12:27:58 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 27 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/2/2013 | Tom Gantert
    In the Wayne-Westland Community Schools, high school math teachers are the lowest paid as a group and make on average almost $25,000 less a year than the physical education teachers. The high school science teachers make $11,000 less than the district’s gym teachers on average. The salaries are set by a six-year teacher’s contract Wayne-Westland agreed to in 2008 and runs through 2014. The salary schedule determines pay solely by years of experience and education background. On average, physical education teachers were the highest paid group and made $78,675 a year. Teacher gross salaries can also include pay for extracurricular...
  • Maryland lawmakers pass bill forcing teachers to pay union fees, reversing right to work trend

    04/06/2013 11:45:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/06/13
    Maryland lawmakers agreed this week to require public school teachers to pay union fees – a move that bolsters the state’s connection to organized labor as others move toward a right-to-work status. The bill passed Thursday in the General Assembly and is headed to the desk of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley for signing after Monday, the final day of Maryland’s 2013 legislative session. The bill is also part of a larger progressive agenda put fourth this year by leaders of the Democrat-controlled Assembly that includes the approval of tax increases and one of the toughest gun-control proposals in the country.
  • Public School Boots Cub Scouts

    04/02/2013 6:46:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | April 2, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A federal civil rights complaint has been filed against the Salt Lake City School Board after a principal booted a Cub Scout pack from an elementary school. About 30 eight to 11 year-olds were told they could no longer meet at Mountain View Elementary School because the Boy Scout’s ban on gay members in leaders conflicted with the school district’s anti-bias policy. The ban drew the ire of Michael Clara, a school board member and lifetime Boy Scout. Clara filed the federal complaint on behalf of two Latino parents. “I believe it is an assault on the founding principles of...